Bailey's two-berth 2011 Unicorn Seville impresses Practical Caravan's expert reviewers with its styling and use of the Alu-tech caravan construction method
The 2011 Unicorn range is Bailey's third range of caravans to use the firm's unique Alu-Tech construction system. This sees the caravan built of five main structural components – two sides, a rear panel, floor and a one-piece roof and front panel. The whole structure is held together with adhesive and bolted joints.
The system has been around since late 2009 and while the looks divide opinion, the ten-year body warranty does not. The bold exterior graphics and white gas locker door soften the clean exterior appearance of other models.
In typical Bailey fashion, the 2011 Unicorn Seville has a heap of Al-Ko safety and security kit as standard. The Secure wheel lock, ATC system and side-lift jack are all included. Along with a stabiliser and button-free handbrake. The Tracker system completes the set of security kit and the combination of all this ensures the Unicorn will be one of the cheapest vans in its class to insure.
Pitching and setting up
Lighting is very good, with under-locker LED strips, four LED spotlights and 12V lights mounted in the locker corners. Roof-mounted lights complete the generous package. A large Heki rooflight over the lounge and large windows on all sides ensure that there is plenty of natural light too.
The deep-pile carpets are split into three sections, with parts for the lounge, kitchen and washroom.
An AVTEX television and TV aerial points at either end of the lounge ensure it is a comfortable and welcoming place. We think that a satellite connector should be included in this class of van, however.
Storage in the kitchen area is not a problem. The provision of Alde heating means there is no convector fire front to accommodate and this means lots of cupboard space. It’s flexible storage too, with a combination of drawers and cupboards.
The smaller, shallower lockers over the kitchen worktop don’t accommodate a huge amount of crockery, but a drinks cabinet in the centre provides a nice touch of old-school glamour, even if the acrylic liner is very contemporary.
Lighting for the kitchen is pretty good. Four LED downlighters at roof level, two under the lockers and a roof-mounted light mean there is little to complain about. Extra daylight provided by a Mini-Heki in lieu of an Omnivent is welcome too.
Lighting is good, without resorting to floodlighting the space. LED downlighters add subtle but effective lighting. A separate light in the shower is nice to see and daylight through the Mini-Heki stops the dark wood from making it feel closed in.
Two wardrobes, drawers and shelves all combine to ensure that even the most pampered caravanner will find room for everything they need.
Just two gripes. We’d much prefer an opaque window. Yes it is high up, but privacy is priceless. And rivals fit a small, door-operated light inside the wardrobes. New owners may want to do the same, to make sorting though the contents easier.
Night-time lighting options are easily to hand, and there is plenty of space to stow a cuppa or a reading book, whichever side of the bed you end up in.
The Unicorn range is the first Alu-Tech van you could fall in love with. In two-berth Seville form, it combines traditional interior styling with cutting edge construction. Impressive.
- Peerless equipment
- Warm, traditional interior has broad appeal
- Great value
- Sensible weights
- Some clumsy external detailing
- Clear washroom window
- No satellite TV point